From the moment that Ben McLemore burst onto the scene during the high school season, many powerful schools in the Midwest have been after him. From the very beginning the Kansas Jayhawks stood out, and that continues to be the case for the talented shooting guard.
As the No. 21 player in the nation it is no surprise that McLemore has been the subject of an intense recruiting battle to this point. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard with loads of athleticism has exploded on to the radar in a big way, and the recruiting attention is pouring in.
"It is going good," said McLemore of his recruitment. "Kansas is still at the top recruiting me hard, and other Big XII schools are recruiting me. Missouri and Tennessee are after me as well, and a lot of other schools as well."
The Jayhawks have stood at the top of McLemore's list for a while, and it is because he feels that he can see himself fitting in down in Lawrence.
"I went to a game down there, and I like the style they play," said McLemore of Kansas. "They run and up and down the court, and that is my style of play. Also I have built a good relationship with them."
Aside from looking at his recruitment, McLemore has also been in the eye of everyone for the first time all summer. After playing with smaller AAU teams earlier in his career, McLemore has been instrumental in leading the St. Louis Eagles to one of the best records in the Nike EYBL.
"I love it being on the national circuit for the first time," said McLemore. "It is great competition to play against those great players every weekend."
Along with playing high quality competition over the summer, he will do so during his senior year as well. McLemore will transfer to Oak Hill Academy to play his final season of high school basketball.
"My mom and I sat down and talked, and we decided that I am going to Oak Hill," McLemore explained. "I am so excited for the opportunity. I told her I loved her for letting me go and supporting me."
Through all the changes, McLemore is still working to figure out his college choice, but he says one should come during the early signing period.